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#1 T.N

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:09 AM

Dears,

 

A client wants to create his brand new website for his local clients. He discovered that his brand - which is not locally registered - is registered with many other domains like .com, .org, .in, .ca , etc....

 

he wants to register it for his clients for UK, .co.uk is available.

 

We are just worry of this kind of domain duplication for branding issues and SEO efforts.

 

Can this cause any conflict or negative results to SEO efforts?

 

Thanks for your help.


Edited by T.N, 07 July 2013 - 06:10 AM.


#2 qwerty

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:39 AM

You can use the hreflang tag, either in the XML sitemap or the head of each page, to indicate that two versions of a given page exist because they're targeted to different audiences. That should eliminate any potential problems, but of course it doesn't guarantee that your client will derive any real benefit from it.



#3 T.N

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 08:00 AM

Thanks qwerty,

 

so, it is not recommended to have a domain that is already exist in other domains extensions?

 

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 12:04 PM

Just putting up an additional copy of your site isn't a great idea. At best, it's just going to be ignored, because search engines consider duplicates to be a waste of resources -- crawling, indexing, storing and returning such data is just extra work for them.

 

The exception is when you're doing this for the purpose of targeting a different audience, and using a ccTLD (country code top level domain) and the hreflang tag serves as a signal that that's your intention. And hreflang doesn't have to mean you're using a different language. You can use it to indicate that one site (or a page on the same site) is intended for English speakers in Canada and another is intended for English speakers in Australia, for example.



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:26 AM

OK, just to be clear: does your *client* own all these other domains, or are they owned by *other* people?

 

If the client owns the other domains and is thinking of putting up something targeted to a local audience, it needs to be significantly different from his other domains.

 

If the other domains are owned by other people and cover other subjects/topics and have different content from what he plans to put in place, then there is no issue. His site will not be impacted by the fact that other sites exist that share a similar domain name.

 

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:06 AM

OK, just to be clear: does your *client* own all these other domains, or are they owned by *other* people?

 

If the client owns the other domains and is thinking of putting up something targeted to a local audience, it needs to be significantly different from his other domains.

 

If the other domains are owned by other people and cover other subjects/topics and have different content from what he plans to put in place, then there is no issue. His site will not be impacted by the fact that other sites exist that share a similar domain name.

 

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Thanks qwerty & torka

 

The client is not the owner of the other domains.

 

For the content of other websites, they are all in the same market niche. Almost all of their content are similar somehow at least on the niche.

 

To give an example, suppose the website is going to sell chocolate in a big shopping mall:

all other domains are the same: ChocolateMall.com, ChocolateMall.net, ChocolateMall.in, ChocolateMall.ca, ChocolateMall.cn

 

he wants to make: ChocolateMall.co.uk

 

It is available and will be within the same product niche, and may be same products and brands

 

He targets Europe and UK mainly.

 

 

Shall he continue with this domain?


Edited by T.N, 09 July 2013 - 04:09 AM.


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 08:59 AM

As long as the content and structure of his site isn't a duplicate of other sites, he should be fine from an SEO perspective. The only significant issue would not be an SEO issue, but a marketing one: possible confusion for site visitors who are looking for his ".co.uk" site but accidentally type in ".com" or one of the other extensions and end up going to one of his competitors' sites.

 

There are often multiple auto dealerships or landscaping companies in the same town, all of which have their own websites. Because they're in the same business, there will be some elements of similarity, but each site is different, and each stands on its own, regardless of its domain name.

 

Just because the domain name is similar doesn't make any difference for SEO. It's the content, site structure and links, not the domain name, that matter. Besides, Google is a registrar. They know who owns each domain, so they'll know he doesn't own those other domains.

 

He may possibly face an uphill battle differentiating his site from the competition in the mind of human visitors, but IMO simply having a similar domain name to other existing sites should pose no SEO issues.

 

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